Is any day better than new gear day? I'm so excited to enjoy this new 5-string! A little backstory. This is my twelfth bass in 15 years of playing. It's my third 5-string, my second active bass and my first maple fretboard. It's also my first StingRay and I am blown away! I picked it up Friday on my lunch break and it will make its debut at church tomorrow morning. I ordered it from Guitar Center Used Gear Online. It was at GC Boardman, OH. The bass was marked Used - Excellent Condition (more on that later) and was listed for $299.00. I paid $351.xx altogether with tax and shipping; I paid $5 extra for 2-day shipping. The order was placed on Tuesday at 10:30 PM and it arrived Friday. I went to my local GC on Friday to pick it up. They opened the box and it was in a foam sleeve in the original SBMM box, which was a good sign. It still had the plastic on the pickguard! I plugged it in and checked operation of electronics and slowly came to the realization that this was a "new" bass; likely a floor demo model. As I looked over the instrument to make sure it was in Excellent condition I noticed two gouges on the top of the arm contour, towards the backside of the instrument (I'll post photos later). I played the bass and enjoyed everything about it. I brought the marks to the attention of one of the store managers and he offered some money credited back to my card. I was happy to accept. Please Note: Once you see the photos I understand that many of you would return the bass. I made peace with the damage and decided to keep the bass. I am content and happy with it, and I do not intend the return the bass. So anyway, back to the bass. I haven't weighed it yet but it feels very nice; not too heavy, not too light. There is noticeable neck dive when seated which brings me to my first (and really only) gripe with the bass- the tuners. They will be the first (and possibly only) modification down the road. They just don't feel solid, and I'd like to lighten the load at the end of the neck. I installed a set of Dunlop Strap Locks on the bass as that is what my strap has. The tone of this bass is incredible, even with the factory strings. I may need to adjust the pickup height but I'll wait until I play it at church. Initial impressions show the B-string to be pretty hot. I ordered a set of my favorite rounds for it (DR Pure Blues) and will install those tonight. The neck dimensions are INCREDIBLE. It feels like a 4-string neck! Of course, the drawback is tight string spacing. It's been a few years since I've had a 5er but I'll pick it up over time. I'm not worried about it. The neck feels unfinished, which is a departure from anything I've owned before. I can tell some of the frets could use a little dressing but I'll put that on my list for down the road. I'll keep this thread updated as I get more acquainted with the bass. Thanks for reading!